The Whiting to present The Things They Carried



FLINT — In Association with Young Audiences New York, The Whiting is proud to present The Literature to Life ® Presentation of The Things They Carried as part of the Health Plus Education Series on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

The Things They Carried is a Young Audiences New York Literature to Life® Arts Education Program and is directed by Wynn Handman and performed by Billy Lyons. All seats are just $30 and student rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $12. To order tickets to this dramatic performance simply visit, or call 810-237-7333 or 888-8-CENTER, or visit the Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College.

This newest Literature to Life stage presentation is a masterwork of contemporary literature and a collection of short pieces detailing the harrowing hardships of battle. Serving as both the narrator and the protagonist, author Tim O’Brien recounts his personal experience in the Vietnam War. He presents a blurred line between truth and reality and fact and fiction, making his journey unforgettable. This presentation of The Things They Carried is a production of Young Audience New York’s Literature to Life Arts Education Program led by Artistic Director Wynn Handmann and Associate Artistic Director Elise Thoron.

This presentation includes a 15 minute pre-show interactive discussion and a one hour performance followed by a 15 minute post-show discussion. All seating will be on stage for an intimate theatrical experience. Educational outreach programs will take place during this residency.

Founded in 1952, Young Audiences New York (YANY) originally presented chamber music performances as a way to increase access to the arts for large numbers of students, but over the past sixty years, the organization has grown into one of the nation’s leading arts education providers. YANY’s comprehensive programs now include multi-week residencies led by professional Teaching Artists, performances that increase access to the arts, family activities that strengthen the homeschool relationship, professional development that builds the capacity of artists and teachers alike and Youth Labs that advance learning in the arts for teens outside of the school setting. As YANY embarks on its next 60 years, the organization is extending its reach through its merger with The American Place Theatre. This partnership will bring APT’s award-winning Literature to Life® program to even more students in New York City and nationwide.

This performance of The Things They Carried is supported by Health Plus, ABC12, Town Square Media, The View Newspapers, James A. Welch Foundation, Arts Midwest, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and Ruth Mott Foundation. — G.G.

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